LucidSound LS30 Wireless Gaming Headset - Black (PS4/Xbox One/Xbox/PS3)
- Universal - the LS30 works with Playstation, Xbox and mobile devices,3 EQ Modes: Normal, Bass Boost, and Treble Boost, Inputs [Headset]: 3.5mm Analog, USB Charging (micro USB) Inputs [Base Station]: 3.5mm Optical in, USB Power/ Voice (USB)
- Comfort - memory foam ear pads and quilted head rail padding for extended game-play sessions
- Quality - fresh design with premium materials and build quality
- Rechargeable battery - built-in lithium-ion battery delivers 15 hours per charge
- Stop Shouting! - variable mic monitoring lets you hear your own voice
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Style Name: LS30 - Black
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Combat Ready Precision Audio
Our focus is delivering flawless high quality PC and console audio that delivers total immersion into your game and precision audio to provide a competitive advantage. No one will be able to sneak up behind you with LucidSound on your team.
Quality Dual Mic System
The mic is the most important part of a PC gaming headset and what differentiates gaming headsets from headphones. The technology for clear communication during a game on PC and Console is different than the mic for a phone call. Two mics on LucidSound headsets provide crystal clear chat.
Durable and Reliable Build
It's quality you can see and feel. Our uncompromising commitment to quality requires we use the best materials and components for durability and reliability. No cheap plastic parts for LucidSound.
Advanced Wireless Technology
LucidSound, advanced technology leader for a new generation of gamers, delivers clear, reliable wireless audio for game & chat including support for Surround Sound on Xbox One and Windows 10.
Comfort For Long Play Sessions
LucidSound headsets are designed to be Lightweight and comfortable for all shapes and sizes. With soft cushioned earcups and an adjustable headband you will forget you are wearing a headset.
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*It is important to note that if using the LS40 on Xbox One it is vital you dial down the mic monitoring in the settings menu to remove background hiss. In addition download the latest firmware to both the headset & wireless adapter, which the instructions fail to mention.
I also own the Astro A50 gen 3 headset but was looking for a more versatile headset, and dependant upon performance, a potential replacement. Therefore I shall highlight the strengths and weaknesses of both headsets, using specific examples for comparison.
I will begin by referring to Outlast 2 since it's a recent example. At the beginning of the game (in the helicopter - no spoilers) there is a lot of background noise which overpowers the dialogue. This is applicable on all pre-sets on the Astro A50, with the exception of stereo mode which helps improve clarity. In surround mode voice is far less distinct and can become lost. So how does the LS40 compare? A notable improvement. There is far more separation; dialogue is easily distinguishable from conflicting audio. As for directional sound, both are relatively precise with no advantage either way.
Using a stronger example for the A50's performance, I will refer to the speeder-bike chase sequence from Star Wars Battlefront. During this section the A50 comes into its own, with bass heavy audio and a good sense of space. It can be quite exhilarating, with incidental details and laser fire being more pronounced. Although not quite at the same intensity as the Astro A50 gen 2 - which had punchier bass - it is nonetheless an impressive workout for the A50. Can the LS40 provide similar or better performance?
At first I thought not in terms of bass, but then I tried surround boost on the LS40s and they're a close match. Added to the fact the LS40s are significantly louder than the latest generation of A50, it can have more of an impact. Spatial awareness is well represented on both, but given the added clarity and volume, when speeder-bikes whizz past the difference is appreciable. The downside is the LS40s are so loud on max setting audio is on the brink of distorting.
There are few complaints to find with either headset. Both are deceptively lightweight and are comfortable to wear for long periods. The modular design of the A50 allows for some customisation, though I'd argue the standard earpads are more comfortable than the mod kit - or at least more breathable. The LS40 uses memory foam which is equally comfortable. Although there's no clear winner in this category, I would probably give the A50 a slight edge as you almost forget you're wearing them - which is always a good sign. The earpads on the LS40, whilst very soft, encase your ears more, leading to a build up of heat. Not being entirely made from leatherette material does help though.
Design & build quality
Both headsets are expertly manufactured, though the metal finish and more grown-up style gives the LS40 an advantage. The base station of the A50 provides an intuitive means of recharging, but the cheap, easy to scratch gloss plastic lessens the appeal. That and the lack of a 3.5mm jack. Add to that the inflexibility of voice chat, which requires an expensive second base station to allow cross-platform chat, I feel this is a straightforward win for the LS40s.
You can't go wrong with either headset, though both have their pros and cons. The Astros have a warmer sound, whereas the LS40s produce much more clarity which leads to greater detail. In terms of features the Astro's base station and seamless recharging is hard to beat. And whilst build quality is very different, both offer high quality alternatives. Audio can be extremely subjective, and all considered I prefer the greater clarity and higher volume of the LS40s.
*Note the Astro's are now back in their box! (pictured)
Now thats out the way, holy schitt! This headset is incredible, from the look, to the way it works, just incredible.
I have gone through the Plantronics Rigg 600 and the HyperX Cloud Alpha and Turtlebeach 600, three of the best (critically reviewed) gamer headsets available. This unit blows them out of the water. For a start, its the freakin cheapest wireless (relax, i know the chat part is wired but i don't care) headset for the xbox one on the market.
The wireless part is so easy to setup, the wireless dongle plugs into the usb socket at the back or front (you especially need the back if your xbox is stood upright, you only really have one usb it can go in due to the connect point of the optical part on the dongle, connect the optical cable, turn on the optical option in the sound settings. Press the on button for 7 seconds and bobs your uncle.
Sound wise, i find it actually performs better than the competition (though everyones ears are different), the base is meatier, the soundstage is much wider as the differentian between different areas is much more apparent (for me anyway). Playing shadow of war, the kills have a lot more bite to em, crunching bones is often a wincing moment. The Alpha was a bit dull, almost toned down and not really loud enough, The Rigg was treble happy, so really sharp on the ears.
The genius in the build, Pressable disc parts to mute the mic and sound on either side of the headphones, just press the giant pads. That big volume dial! Just rediculously easy and intuitive.
When you first put them on you do think the clamping force on the headband isnt going to be good, but surprisingly its really comfortable. The Rigg really hurt after a while with a lot of pressure, the alpha just got too damn sweaty (though it was really comfortable!).
I know there are more expensive units out there, for those looking for midrange, stop right here. One thing i will say is its a shame the headset doesnt include bluetooth as id love to take them on the go.
Update, it's still great but the annoying battery notification sound means it's unbearable, gonna have to send it back.
Bought these to replace broken (in more than one place) PS Gold 2.0 Wireless headphones. So glad I did.
And pretty much plug and play across all the formats.
SERIOUSLY good pair of headphones, do not hesitate buying these if you're thinking about it.
EDIT - Headband has broken in the middle despite being super careful. And now the power button has broken and the headset will no longer turn on. Waiting to hear back from manufacturer to see if the warranty will cover......
2ND EDIT - Had to go via Amazon as the manufacturer is in the USA. Amazon to their credit sent no questions asked replacement immediately. Amazing customer service.
This second pair were utterly useless but as I didn't didn't use them until well after return date. I'm stuck with them